Oh, that everyone would praise the Lord for his loving-kindness, and for all of his wonderful deeds. Psalm 107:8
Are you struggling today with difficult circumstances? Have you been praying yourself sick over a matter that never seems to get better?
Is it possible that this hardship has come to you bearing a gift?
And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans. Romans 8:28
It takes a re-adjustment of mind to see as God sees. When we praise Him for things we don’t understand, He opens our eyes and helps us see that indeed a stumbling block, a crisis has actually become a blessing.
The best illustration from my own life is this. Much prayer went up for my father’s salvation, over many years. Yet Dad seemed stuck in his unbelief. Every time he came close to trusting Jesus, he stumbled over the hypocrites. These were people he’d met over the span of decades that either loved money more than God or treated him with arrogance when they should have been loving.
Dad developed Alzheimer’s. This disease appeared at first to trump our prayers – Dad would die without knowing Jesus – or so it seemed.
However, God ALWAYS has the final word. And He deemed that the disease would give Dad the mind of a child. This new mindset allowed him to confess his faith in Christ uninhibited. “I believe Jesus,” he said. Simple words. Life-changing words.
This happened only a year and a half before Dad’s death.
If you’re praying and things seem to be going against you, remember, God knows what He’s doing. Praise Him that He operates above all circumstances and is able to turn the worst that life throws at us into a blessing.
We can never understand all the whys and hows of life. But, God wants us to accept without question that He loves us and that every challenge we face comes to us within the boundaries of his purpose for us.
Here is a message from the Apostle, Paul. He spits these short commands out as a final reminder to his listeners (and readers). Think of them as coming from a mother sending her child out the door to school – keep your hat on, don’t get into trouble, eat your lunch and listen to the teacher. Final words of guidance.
Always be joyful.
Always keep on praying.
No matter what happens, always be thankful.
For this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:16
Here are more helpful words – this time from David. It’s good to commit these words to memory then they’ll always be there when we need them.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear thereof and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1-4
Rose McCormick Brandon’s books are available at her website, Writing from the Heart.